Great spots for seniors
Travel is great when you’re young. You’ve got years to spread yourself across hostels around the world before having to buckle down and focus on career or family. But we’re living longer these days, and the other end of the age spectrum potentially offers decades of travel possibilities. And Europe’s a great place to start, especially today when it’s only about $1.30 to buy one euro, and a low $1.60 for a pound Sterling.
London: Yes, the city is sprawling. But there are a million squares and gardens to relax in, the Tube offers cheap transportation and most museums are free.
Prague: Main sights not too far apart, and there’s tons of great street life and lots of cafés to enjoy the passing parade.
Geneva: The city of watches is connected by those efficient, cheap Swiss trains to the wine region and to Montreux and Lausanne, home of the Olympics, in an hour or less.
Amsterdam: The area around the canals is charming and easy to navigate, and there are plenty of warm pubs to enjoy. Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museums are awesome for art lovers.
Amalfi Coast, Italy: Let someone else do the driving or the boating and enjoy the stunning scenery. Don’t pass on the local limoncello.
Paris: Romantic strolls abound, no matter your age. The Metro is outstanding for longer jaunts. And waiters no longer seem to care if you don’t speak French.
Barcelona: Yes, young folks flock here. But the architecture delights folks of all ages, as do the luscious food and the tapas bars.
Baden Baden, Germany: A spa city for centuries. This southern German city’s sophisticated bakeries, gorgeous boutiques and historical sites are linked by red-carpeted streets in a pedestrianized centre.
Dublin: A great walking city, with plenty of pubs where you can soak up the history. Or a Guinness. Or both.
Copenhagen: Scandinavia is too expensive for most students, as are the city’s top-rated restaurants. There are tons of bike lanes and paths scattered around this lovely, seaside city. And some lovely parks.